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A fool for everyone

Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
Trimming the flab from the governor's race
By AL DIAMON  |  January 22, 2010

I've got you under my skin

The first rule for running a successful race for governor is never to say anything of substance about anything. Taking even the most innocuous of positions (Do you think Maine should have an official state skin disease?) will only cost a candidate vote
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 12, 2009
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Three years and counting

For the past three years, Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley has been the only reporter in Maine to pay attention to the appalling conditions suffered by inmates in the Maine State Prison
The Portland Phoenix' s prison scoops keep piling up
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 05, 2008
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Baldacci raids the cookie jar

Under the American system of government, the legislative branch is supposed to decide how your tax money is spent, but . . .  
The governor’s secret Dirigo Health bailout
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 15, 2008

Extreme behavior

If you wanted to make the Maine Legislature look good, you’d compare it to the Portland School Committee.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 31, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: October 19, 2007

Attorney General Steven Rowe does not deserve the attack on his character that was printed in your newspaper.
Rowe's a Good Guy
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  October 17, 2007


Someone I used to know

Nobody can accuse Democratic 1st District congressional candidate Chellie Pingree of being blindly loyal to an old pal.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 22, 2007

Save it for the next one

If you had to come up with his name, you could always Google “governors, irrelevant.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 08, 2007
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Maine prison bosses violate court orders

In the activist climate of an earlier era, a Maine legal-aid group brought and won three prisoner-rights lawsuits against state corrections officials.
Department of Corrections ignores federal rulings going back to the 1970s
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007

Press behind bars

As a reporter, I can attest that the rules the state agreed to in the 1970s on news-media access to prisoners have been violated by the Corrections Department in its recent practices.

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007
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Jackpot

Three years ago, state government hired Scientific Games Corporation, its long-time lottery contractor, to monitor the slot-machine receipts at the state’s first casino.
Why is the state's gambling watchdog getting a bite of slot-machine profits?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 06, 2007


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Prisoner gagged

I had not interviewed a prisoner for six months, since the Maine Department of Corrections wanted to impose unconstitutional restrictions.
First Amendment watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 02, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: April 20, 2007

Mainers upset over the Bush Administration and its top lawyer Alberto Gonzalez are sadly mistaken if they think callous indifference to human life does not exist here as well.
State hides the truth
By LETTERS TO THE POTLAND EDITOR  |  April 18, 2007

Cracks in the armor

A couple of cracks have opened in the state’s armor of prison secrecy.
Prison employee may be disciplined in suicide case; interview policy to be rewritten
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 31, 2007

Stonewalling is normal

I could cite many examples of the difficulty in reporting to the Maine public what goes on behind the cement and bureaucratic walls of the public’s prison system — especially, in reporting brutal practices. I will give just a few.
 Reporting the prison system
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 13, 2006

In the BAG

First the good news: Dennis Dechaine is still guilty.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 30, 2006


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Maine starts lead-paint inquiry

Following a landmark decision holding paint companies responsible for lead-poisoned children in Rhode Island, Maine officials are discussing whether to sue paint manufacturers for lead exposure here.
Consumer affairs
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  July 19, 2006
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Arbitrary imprisonment

Joseph Steinberger thought he had won one of the most important trials of his legal career.
In a mysterious Guantánamo-like move, the state refuses to follow a judge’s order committing a mentally ill prisoner to Riverview
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 19, 2006